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on Aug 10, 2007
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 9th, 2007:
- I’m Elton Johning Today – We’re pleased at CDM to introduce a new verb: to Elton John will hereby mean to unplug from the Web in order to do creative work.
- Largest-known planet befuddles scientists – The largest planet ever discovered is also one of the strangest and theoretically should not even exist, scientists say.
- Autodesk AliasStudio Personal Learning Edition – Autodesk® AliasStudio&trade Personal Learning Edition is a special version providing free access for non-commercial use. Autodesk AliasStudio Personal Learning Edition offers almost every feature included in the full commercial version of Autodesk® Studio
- Woodstock for sale – Mr. Yasgur, now a cultural icon, allowed 40 acres of his 1,100 acre farm in upstate New York, to be used for Woodstock, thus making the musical and cultural event of the century possible.
- Google News to add user comments – We wanted to give you a heads-up on a new, experimental feature we’ll be trying out on the Google News home page. Starting this week, we’ll be displaying reader comments on stories in Google News, but with a bit of a twist…
- Cornell University becomes newest partner in Library Project – “In its quest to be the world’s land-grant university, Cornell strives to serve the scholarly and research needs of those beyond the campus,” said Cornell President David J. Skorton.
- HTTP errors – Inspired by Goopymart’s “Teh Internets”, here’s an illustrated set of common http error codes for use on your blog or site or what have you.
- Memorial Sculptures – One-of-a-kind, hansculpted, newborn art dolls, created by artist J. Stocks-Dearborn.
- Boycott Regal Cinemas – Free Culture @ NYU is joining the call for a chain wide boycott of Regal Cinemas over their draconian punishment of a 19 year-old girl caught taping 20 seconds of the Transformers film.
Google has launched Powerpoint Preview for Gmail.
Gmail users can use Google’s Powerpoint competitor through a View as Slideshow feature.
Gmail Powerpoint Preview (image by Google Blogoscope)
When you receive an email with a Powerpoint attached, you can view the slideshow in a new window – no need to download and open in Powerpoint itself.
Gmail already provides options for opening Word and Excel files in Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
Link via Mashable
Google Gears (beta) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality.
Google Gears (beta) website screenshot
Gears provides three key features (from the developer knowledge base):
- A database, to store and access data from within the browser
- A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background
The first application you can use offline is Google Reader. With Google Gears you can download the 2000 most recent unread posts and read them offline.
Very handy when you’re on the road and don’t have any internet.
Link via Download Squad
Google Maps has introduced a new feature, Street View.
In certain locations, you can view and navigate within street-level imagery. All you have to do is drag the little yellow guy to the place you want to see or click any streets outlined in blue. (currently only available for major US cities)
Google Maps Street View of NYC 86th and 3rd
I have fond memories of my visits to NYC, so I really enjoyed navigating through these streets checking out places I recognized like Papaya’s on 86th and 3rd. Curly fries… yum!
Link via Kottke
Gmail upgraded the maximum attachment size from 10 MB to 20 MB (total size of the message).
Gmail Help Center – Maximum attachment size 20 MB
As files tend to get bigger and bigger it seems like a good thing to up the limit, but unless other mail providers will accept these big email attachments you might be limited to sending them to other Gmail or premium mail accounts.
Link via Google Operating System
Digital Inspiration has released Adsense Sandbox 1.0, a Google Adsense Preview Tool.
Adsense Sandbox website screenshot
Type any web page URL (e.g. cnn.com) or keywords (e.g. paris hilton), select a country (optional) and hit Enter to see the latest Google Ads that are contextual and geo-targeted.
The preview will show 20 text ads, related Adlinks and Rich Text Ads (Images and Video) that will appear on your webpages for visitors in various countries.
Very handy if you’d like to see what type of ads will appear on your website. Adsense Sandbox works across all web browsers including IE, Firefox, Opera or Safari.
Check it out here.
If you have a Nintendo Wii you can now use a new Google Reader interface, specifically designed for the Wii.
Google Reader Wii interface
From the ZDNet blog:
Google quietly launched Google Reader specifically designed for the Wii last night — the new interface even makes use of the buttons found on your Wiimote. On my initial digging, I cannot find a similar interface designed specifically for the PS3 browser.
To try the new interface in your current browser if you don’t have the Wii, visit http://www.google.com/reader/wii.
Link via ZDNet.
Calgoo has officially launched their beta calendar sharing program (Windows, Mac and Linux).
Calgoo Calendar screenshot
Calgoo aggregates, displays and manages events from multiple calendar sources: Google, Outlook and iCal. It uses the Google Calendar Data API to synchronize with and store events on Google Calendar.
Calgoo lets you:
- Find the calendars, schedules and appointments you need
- Use them and arrange them your way
- Share calendars and appointments with those that need to know
Check it out on Calgoo.com.